Singularity | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011-11.8%(silver foil), 2012-11.6%(black wax),
2013-11.8%(black wax), 2014-14.6%(black wax),
2015-12.2%(black wax), 2016-11.2%(black wax),
2017-13.2%(black wax)

Our 7th annual release of Driftwood Brewery’s Singularity has been conditioned for 3 months in authentic Kentucky bourbon barrels. This aging process adds warming notes of bourbon and oak that push this Russian Imperial Stout beyond the event horizon. The result is a beer of infinite density and depth of character. At 13.2%, Singularity Russian Imperial Stout 2017 will be a prized addition to any beer cellar!


Added by ericj551 on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
61
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
54
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Jlang2012
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ghrymm
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle a 2016 Black Wax.
L: Dark Black/Brown pour with a thin tan head.
S: Chocolate/Vanilla Toffee and Coffee,wonderful nose.
T: Tastes as it smells .Great.
F: Very smooth need to drink it slow our it will knock you on your ass.
O: Very nice i am glad i let it sit for almost a year in a cool spot.

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Photo of yasky
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour, smaller brown head, minimal lacing. Lighter bourbon aroma, roasted malt, fudge, vanilla. Dark chocolate, lighter whiskey notes in the taste, vanilla, sweet, char. Thicker fuller body.

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Photo of braican
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dillybarrrrr
2.55/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Singularity 2017 @13.2 out of a 650nL at 13.99 into a jar... lol a jar..
Picked up because of the hype
L: Dark as hell no clarity, 1 finger of head
S: chocolate, vanilla, mainly coffee tho
T :Super coffee and chocolate not my type of thing at all
F: Not thick, smooth mouth feel best part of the beer.
Ov: Wont pick up another one waaaaay overhyped

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Photo of GJKerr
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachT
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml, black wax-capped bottle, @ 11.2% ABV (2016 edition) - thanks as ever was to rogerdandy for bequeathing me this hard to come by offering - cheers, man!

This beer pours a deep, abyssal black, with subtle basal cola edges when pressed to backlighting, and four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and well creamy brown head, which leaves a decent array of layered sudsy and stringy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of testy Bourbon barrels (wood, spicy rye booze, and neutered vanilla), grainy caramel/toffee malt, black licorice, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and some further nail polish remover adjacent astringent alcohol heat. The taste is gently roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee, semi-sweet, yet still aggressive Bourbon cask notes (dried vanilla pods, rye/corn whiskey, and musty wood), bittersweet chocolate, edgy cafe-au-lait, a fading melted anise candy character, and more hovering, and about to alight metallic booziness.

The bubbles are fairly inert in their difficult to get excited about frothiness, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth and creamy, but for a loitering sense of tacky alcohol ingress. It finishes sweet, sure, and moderated to a certain degree by wood, generic fruit, and heat alike.

Yeah, I probably cracked this one open a bit too early (but you never really know, eh, Tofor?), as the big ABV seems to have not yet found its sexy groove, instead evoking a somewhat scratchy persona. At any rate, that's judging this like a typically hyped-up whale, rather than on the merits I sense before me. So, in summary, this is indeed a splendid big BBA stout, the perceivable wowee sauce forgivable enough (see label if you want to quibble about this), and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 2016 vintage served at 10deg C in a challis.

A- Opens well and pours a solid 1.5" high light brown head that stays forever. Nearly 10mins before film out. Super dark brown colour and just a wonderful stout

S- Bourbon and, unfortunately, metallic scent.

T- Bourbon, chocolate and malt hits you right away. After the juiciness leaves it's heat and a lot of it. Too much but it sticks out at you because of the wateriness.

M- Watery. Way too watery for a BBA stout. Makes the heat stick out at you

O- Pretty good brew minus the watery nature of the mouth. Hope they improve their technique. Ingredients you can taste are high quality but......

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with......... Sorry for the common theme however it works...... Chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It just works times ten...

Enjoy

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Photo of spinrsx
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bomber, aged 1 year, my 50th birthday beer
A: very dark- bkack reddish hughe, not much head
S: sweetness-vanilla, licorice, bourbon-alcohol, dark fruit- cherry
T: follows smell with a yeasty-dough dominant flavor
F: no carbination, medium
OA: Big abv-bourbon flavo, very good sipper

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Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Could use some head on the top of the beer, but looks like your average dark stout beer, brown and black.

Aroma was dark fruit bitterness and roasting. Substantial amount of alcohol noticeable, but hey its a big ass beer. Mouthfeel and body was a little thin, brought out the bitterness and alcohol sting. Too much licorice. Glad to try, but not gonna seek it out.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Impenetrably dark, with chocolatey tan head.
S: Licorice, vanilla, bourbon.
T: Lots going on. Sweet black licorice, bourbon, vanilla, coffee...
F: Heavy.

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Photo of Tmappin
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CurtisD
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shoegueuze
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattsander
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Singularity from Driftwood Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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